November 5, 2010
I have a friend named Kim. We met while attending Bethel COLLEGE. We sang in the choir together and bonded over PB and J picnics and butter flavored pretzel balls. We enjoyed competing against each other, playing handheld solitaire games, while on long bus tours with the choir through the heartland of our country. She is a lifelong friend because even while I married a Minnesotan right after college and she moved to Atlanta for her career, we stayed in touch through many cell phone conversations and emails. The love of her life found her and he just so happens to be Portuguese. This past summer, they were married at a beautifully themed retro/travel wedding held at a plantation home in Georgia and shortly after, Kim moved to Portugal to be with Luis. I am thankful for all of the various ways technology has changed, even in the past FIVE years. We are able to keep in touch and 'view' each other through many various means of communication. She reads my blog and adores E-man videos. I was given a virtual tour of her home through video chat a month or so ago. Technology has allowed us to continue our friendship even though a continent and ocean separate us. So many of my relationships have changed and evolved as technology has advanced and I wonder sometimes, if those friendships would still be intact if letter writing were the main form of 'keeping in touch'. While I appreciate a handwritten card or note more than most people, I am also thankful for the MANY ways communication happens in my daily life with people all over MN, the US and our world!